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Summer camping

Gisborne District Council operates registered summer campgrounds during daylight savings months.

The summer campgrounds are open until Monday 2 April 2018. 
No freedom camping is allowed at registered summer campgrounds.  

Restricted freedom camping is allowed at Kaiaua Beach, Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay and Doneraille outside of the summer camping period. Refer to the freedom camping bylaw

Information about summer camping

Sorry we don't take reservations for any campsites. 

You can't claim a campsite such as pegging out a tarpaulin. You must be onsite using an approved structure to be a permitted campsite. 

One permit is issued for up to 6 people. For more than 6 people you will need to purchase 2 permits.  
You need a chemical toilet for every 8 people on site. Buckets with lids are not acceptable as a toilet.  Inspectors patrol all campgrounds.

Cost Nights - rubbish bags issued
$16  up to 2 nights - 1 rubbish bag
$31  over 2 nights up to 10 nights - 5 rubbish bags
$66  over 10 nights up to 28 nights - 14 rubbish bags

The permit charge is for the disposal of solid and liquid waste.

Additional rubbish bags can be purchased for $2 each.

Where to get a permit 

Apply online or purchase from the following outlets:

Our customer service counter -15 Fitzherbert Street and Te Puia Springs Opotiki i-Site
Gisborne i-Site, Grey Street Whakatane i-Site
Easts Outdoor Work & Leisure, Makaraka Wairoa i-Site
Uawa Foodmarket, Tolaga Bay  Okitu Store, Wainui

Summer campgrounds areas in our district

The summer camping areas are along our coastline and one inland towards Wairoa. 
Check the links for more details about the locations:  Camping sites

We regularly have inspectors at all our camping grounds. 

What you need for summer camping

All you need apart from your camping gear is:

  • A summer camping permit 
    • you must have this before you camp 
    • you must display the permit on the campsite vehicle 

Campsites not displaying a permit will have their equipment removed at the owner's expense.

  • you must have a chemical toilet - one toilet for every 8 people
  • gas cooker - open fires are prohibited
  • your own water supply.  Drinking water is not available at any camping site. 

Rubbish collection

You're provided with rubbish bags with your permit. We encourage you to recycle and take it to the nearest recycling centre.

Leave your rubbish bag at the signposted areas only. Don't leave bags on the side of the road. It's too dangerous for collectors especially on a state highway.
Rubbish is collected in the morning from the signposted areas at the following locations: 

Doneraille Park - collected Saturdays. Also Tuesdays during the peak Christmas/New Year period.

Turihaua Point, Pouawa Beach, Waihau Beach, Tolaga Bay, Kaiaua Beach, Tokomaru Bay, Waipiro Bay - collected Mondays and Fridays. Also Wednesdays during the peak Christmas/New Year period.  

Campsite requirements

  • no semi-permanent structures
  • all vehicles on your site must have a current registration and warrant of fitness 
  • keep a distance of 2.5 metres between each campsite for fire safety
  • do not attach any structure to any tree or shrub


You're allowed your dog at your camp site, note the following:

  • you must pick up and dispose of your dog's droppings
  • for the safety of other campers, dogs must be under control
  • we will impound any wandering dogs

Earthquake advice - tsunami risk

All coastal areas in Gisborne-Tairawhiti are vulnerable to tsunami.

Long or strong - be gone. If you feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up, or a weak rolling earthquake that lasts more than a minute - move immediately to higher ground or inland. Advice is at least 1km inland or 35m above sea level.

Motorbikes on the beach

Beaches are public places, therefore all road rules apply

  • no riding on the dunes, do not damage vegetation or cause erosion
  • be courteous to other beach users
  • do not create new tracks - use the established tracks
  • be aware of marine wildlife
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